Diary of a Yarn Dyer – Fade Dye Along Recap

We recently wrapped up a fade dye along and I wanted to do a little reflection on the series and where you will see the dye with mes go from here. Make sure you check out the series on YouTube.

Before we get into it, I will be hosting a LIVE dye with me session this Saturday, September 26th at 2pm ET. I’d love to have you there. It’s a virtual event for the kickoff of the Pigskin Party, hosted by BostonJen of the Pigskin Party. I’ll be dyeing up the exclusive colorway for that makealong.

Back to this series – overall, it seemed like everyone had a lot of fun participating in the series. I cannot thank everyone who commented, participated and purchased the kit enough. THANK YOU! It couldn’t have been done without all of the participation and back and forth conversations we were able to have throughout this series. I really learned a lot and I hope you all learned something too.

The final kit

We started off the series with a lot of interest in a fall kit with pinks and greens. You can see that was the feel I went for in the first skein. There was the least amount of constraint for me in dyeing skein #1 because those were the only requirements! As the first skein, I just had to worry about including the colors we talked about and making it capable of setting up the second skein.

When I went to skein #2, I really struggled in getting the skein where I wanted it. The skein you see above is actually attempt #3. We talked about adding in deeper roses, browns and incorporating purple.

When I dyed up the first attempt, I started with a similar base as to skein 1, but I made the pinks, reds and greens darker than in the first skein. I think this happened subconsciously because of all of the gradient dyeing I tend to do.

Gradients stick to the same color, but change tone. This is my Rose Gold kit.

When I then added the purple, I added too much and the skein just became too dark for this fade. I LOVED the result and if you’ve been following along, this colorway became one of my new fall colors – Autumn Vibes.

Autumn Vibes

Knowing now that Autumn Vibes was originally meant to be skein #2, do you see the similarities to skein #1? You can see the pink/red and green base, but it’s deeper tones. You can also see I went heavy handed with the purple. I LOVE the result, just not for the fade.

I found the issue to be with attempt #1 that I went too much off of what I was used to doing (hence the regression to the gradient). I ended up doing attempt #2 more literally to what people were commenting. The problem here was I ended up adding some orange to the skein that didn’t work. I think I knew that making attempt #1 (no orange) and went too far the other way of giving up control of the skein. I again, was not a fan of the skein for this fade.

Attempt #3 was the happy medium where I lightly added in the roses, browns and just a bit of purple. I ended up blending the purple with some of the pinks to change the tone so it wouldn’t be so harsh. This allowed it to fit in better with the skein.

Different, but blends well

Because I learned so much in skein #2, skein #3 went in one take. There were a lot of comments about a neutral color. I created a neutral base with hints of the purple and rose to tie it to skein #2. I’m really proud of this skein as well and love how it came out.

Skein #3

I really wanted to also show that the fade didn’t have to go from lightest to darkest. I didn’t want this kit to be a gradient and so I was happy to bring the tone back down a bit from skein #2. The fade really needed to change colors and not necessarily to change tones. You can see the purple is lighter and blends in much more. We also have lots of the neutral feel as well.

The skeins really can be mixed and matched within a project however you want. I don’t think it’s a traditional fade because I really wanted to show different things in each video, but it definitely hits on the fade techniques. The kit is a soft fall theme with beautiful colors. I hope you like it!

Again, make sure you check out the videos on YouTube or read about each recap in prior posts on this blog. I’d love to hear what else you want to see. In the future, I plan to do more series like this and one off videos as well. Coming up will be dyeing batches and one of a kind skeins.

Check out my more in depth recap here:

Fall Favorites – September 2020

With fall approaching, I’ve been thinking about all of the new things I have to look forward to and reflecting on fond memories of the past. Fall means cooler weather, wearing hand knits, appreciating nature and getting cozy. What’s not to love?

This is from a ski mountain I used to go to. Just beautiful

Fall means cooler weather and I’m here for it. I’ve never been a fan of the warm weather. I’d rather layer up than sweat, I mean, it sounds reasonable, right? Most people seem to disagree and love summer, so we can agree to disagree. As the weather starts to cool, I think about all the things I love about it. I enjoy early mornings outside with a sweatshirt, a cup of coffee and a book.

Am I also the only morning person around here?

We are currently in the process of beginning a backyard project and I’m really excited to have the space to start lounging out there. The photo above is from our apartment before moving into the house. It’s nice to not overlook a parking lot anymore, but I was always grateful to be out there.

As it gets cooler out, the first handknits to come out of hiding are the handknit socks. I mostly knit with fingering weight yarn, which means as soon as it’s cool out, I can wear socks. And I do. So I’m thinking about the socks I like to wear and knit.

I find in general that I knit a lot of self striping vanilla socks or a patterned tonal sock. I do have some variegated or speckled sock yarn, but I often lean more towards the others. At least lately.

In terms of wearing them, I’m totally fine with either. It’s really a matter of the mood I’m in when sitting down to knit. I wear my hand knit socks daily and love every minute of it.

I also love the fall season for wearing smaller shawls. I do normally like to wear fingering weight shawls, but let’s be honest. They’re not always the warmest. I think the ones I end up going to in winter are ones with brioche or squishy garter. The more stockinette ones tend to be perfect for the cooler mornings of fall. Some of my favorites are the following:

Smaller shawls – designed by Jennifer Lassonde
Jen (BostonJen)’s shawls can be on the smaller side. I think she has some larger ones, but I love the smaller ones that she designs. They are perfect layering pieces that don’t make you too warm. I’ve knit the Riley Rose shawl and the Emelyn Mae shawl.

Riley Rose shawl
Emelyn Mae Shawl

These smaller shawls are great for layering in the fall and I cannot wait to start wearing them.

Lighter weight, somewhat larger shawls – designed by Tamy Gore
Tamy Gore is a go to pattern designer. She has beautiful shawl designs that I’m always admiring. I’ve knit both the Drifter and the Ashbrook shawls. For the Drifter, I knit the two color version, which makes it smaller, I think. In any case, the shawl isn’t that large and so it’s a great layering piece too. For the Ashbrook, it’s a lighter weight shawl that isn’t wide, but it is long. I find that on colder days, I can wrap it around my neck more and on warmer days, I can wear it hanging low and it’s very comfortable.

The Drifter
Ashbrook

It’s also impossible to not think about fall festivals when we think about fall in the knitting world. Of course, that’s all different this year. I remember heading to Rhinebeck last year for the first time ever and having a blast. It was so much fun to see and meet people I knew virtually or admired.

This picture is not really a picture of us. It’s who I really wanted to take a picture of behind us…

Of course I can’t forget to mention the Pigskin Party! This make along runs all through the fall and it’s such a fun time to connect with others and see what other people are making. As a sponsor, I’ll be participating in the virtual kick off weekend. Come dye with me on Saturday September 26th at 2pm ET. Details coming soon!

Fall brings excitement for new projects, new knitwear we finished up over the summer and fond memories of years past.

What’s your favorite thing about fall? Check out me talking about these things on my YouTube channel:

On the WIP Side – 9.16.2020

It’s Wednesday and I’m here to chat all about my current works in progress. It’s not much. I am continuing to not knit very much, but I have plenty of other crafty projects to talk about. As always, I hope you are still all staying safe. Thank you for reading my blog and I hope it brings you some joy during the work week. Definitely check out my YouTube channel to see any projects “in person.”

For Ravelry users: There are links throughout this post that link to Ravelry. If you are experiencing issues with the new Ravelry design, you may not want to click on those links. You can also see pictures on my instagram account, youtube channel or feel free to go to the contact form and send me a note if you have any questions.

Total: 4 WIPs (1 active)
Knitting:
2 projects -1 pair of socks and 1 blanket
Crochet: 
1 project – 1 blanket
Spinning:
1 project
Finished: 0 projects
2020 Total Finished: 22

Gingerbread House Socks
Pattern: Vanilla Socks
Yarn: Gynx Yarns | Power Sock | Gingerbread House
Needles: Size 0 – Flexi Flips!
Gauge: IDK
Cast on: 9/5/2020
Cast off goal: none

This is the same picture as last week. I am actually working my way up the leg of the sock. It’s been my go to knitting while dyeing project, which seems to be the only knitting that I’m working on these days. It’s a self striping vanilla sock. What more can I say? The heel is also in the contrasting mauve color and it’s a fish lips kiss heel. I knit the foot of my socks with 52 stitches and so I do increase the foot out to 56 stitches about an inch before the heel. I keep it at that stitch count until about an inch after the heel and then bring it back down to 52 stitches. The exciting thing is that I actually remembered to do these things.

I’m knitting these on flexi flips and it’s the first time I’m knitting with them. I have things to say about it, but I’ll do a review post when I finish both socks.

Other
1. Preemie hat – I’ve mostly finished a preemie hat, which I will include in a charity knitting recap coming soon!
2. Spark sweater – I haven’t wanted to cast this on and so I haven’t.
2. Spinning – I’m almost done with my first braid, but I have not been spinning. I will do a longer post once that is finished.
3. Northeasterly – I have not worked on this as I need to pick out more colors. I’m really bad at working on projects if they are not ready to go.

4. I’m separating out this part of the “Other” list because it’s a bit more in depth. I mentioned at the top of this post that I’m not really knitting, but I am enjoying other crafty things. I’ve been putting myself down for not wanting to knit and I think that’s wrong. I’m just finding the creativity elsewhere. I’m really enjoying spending time dyeing up new yarn and colorways. I’m also enjoying sharing that in my YouTube videos. Creating vlog content has been a crazy adventure and I’m really enjoying it. I think that’s fair to say that even if I’m not knitting, I’m still creating and that deserves a shout out here on the blog.

Inactive
1. Neat Ripple – This is on hold until I finish up the charity items with the colors that I have used so far.

What’s Next?
We’ll be hitting #sweaterweather soon and that means so much fall knitting. If you haven’t already, check out the Pigskin Party hosted by BostonJen of the Down Cellar Studio podcast. It launches September 25th-ish and I’m a sponsor. During the launch weekend, I’ll be hosting a virtual kick off event on Saturday, September 25th at 2pm ET. I will be doing a live dye with me where you get to help dye up the exclusive colorway. If you are looking for a fun way to connect with other knitters this fall and winter, you should definitely check it out!

Shop
The shop is feeling like fall. If you missed the latest video about shop news, go check it out. A lot of behind the scenes changes and so many new colors. Summer colors are still discounted at 25% off.

I launched a new Dye with Me Fade Series. You can participate on YouTube by checking out the series. I’ve already published all skeins, so go check it out! You still have until about Sunday to enter for prizes by commenting on the video there.

All three skeins!


October mystery yarn clubs are now available
until October 15th. Grab them now! Use FALLFEELS for 15% off through September 19th on one month and three month club purchases.

Check out the shop here. There are some great kits for shawls and socks along with good pairings for sweaters. Let me know if you need help with some color selections.

Check out the last installment of the Dye with Me series. You still have a chance to enter to win the set!

Diary of a Yarn Dyer – Fade Skein #3

Last week, I concluded the Dye with Me series where I was interactively dyeing up a skein in each video. The best part is that the viewers had the say in what the skein would look like. Mostly, of course, as in the end, I took their comments and used my own interpretation to create the skein. For this skein, there were a lot of comments of bringing in neutrals and so that’s what I did!

I started off with a neutral base and then just speckled in some of the themes from the other skeins. The resulting skein was this:

You can see some of the tan/light brown base with the same speckles of purple and rose. My goal that I talked about throughout the dye with me video is that I didn’t want this skein to become dark. I really wanted to keep it lighter and neutral based on what the viewers were saying. I think I was able to capture that while bringing in the same themes from the other two skeins.

Here are the three final skeins together.

You can see that moving from the 2nd to the 3rd skein, we really brought out a lot of the rose and introduced the purples. I talked about that in the last blog post. Going into skein three, I added more of the purple without overwhelming the skein. When dyeing, I always say that unless you’re going for a deeply saturated color, add the dye slow. You can always add more. This worked well with the purple because I really do think it was the right amount to blend in with skein 2 without making it a purple skein.

I also really wanted to make the skein lighter because I didn’t want this to become a gradient. I dye a lot of gradients in my shop and I was really pushing for the idea of moving between colors and not tones. Fades don’t have to move from lightest to darkest, they just need to blend one skein into the next.

Overall, I think this was a great muted fall themed set. It’s definitely not bright fall foliage colors, but it does have the serene and less vibrant feel that fall brings after a hot summer. I’m excited to give this set away and ship out the preorders of the kit. I can’t wait to see what everyone makes!

You can still enter to win the kit by heading over to YouTube and commenting on the video. I’ll be announcing the winner next Tuesday. In addition, I’ll be answering questions and doing a final thoughts vlog, so make sure you subscribe to the channel so you don’t miss it.

I will be doing more solo Dye with Me vlogs as well as more series. Feel free to comment below with any dye questions or suggestions. I love hearing from you!

You can come dye with me here:

FO Friday – Rainbow Showers

I recently finished my Rainbow Showers wrap, which is my first completed crochet project!

The usual details first:
Pattern: Rainbow Showers / Dana Freed Fiddes
Yarn: Manos del Uruguay / Fino / Henrietta mini skein set (x2)
Hook: Size E
Cast on: 8/3/2020
Cast off: 8/29/2020
The pattern page on Ravelry can be found here.

There it is! A finished crochet project that actually looks all right! If anyone out there is interested in giving crochet a go, but wants something of interest, go check out this pattern. The stitches are just single and double crochet, but you also increase and decrease. For me, it was a great way to expose myself to a few different aspects of crochet and not become bored.

Add to that the stripes! Definitely go for stripes in your first anything pattern. It really makes you feel accomplished.

So back to the beginning. I bought this kit from my local yarn store, A Knit Sheep. Lisa was hosting a virtual trunk show with Manos del Uruguay and this kit was one that they had set up. The kit had 2 sets of mini skeins, but I ended up just buying 2 identical sets (in the Henrietta colorway) and going from there.

It was a slow start. Actually, it was a fast start in that I was able to get through the first pink mini skein quite quickly. However, it was all wrong and so I ripped it out and started over. Hence the slow start. So what happened? I quickly watched some crochet videos on YouTube and jsut went for it. I had no clue how to count stitches (there’s only one on the hook!) and didn’t know which stitches I was supposed to knit into. Heading to YouTube and reaching out to a friend turned the mess on the left into the beauty on the right:

Much better

So once I redid the pink mini skein, it was smooth sailing from there. I decided to insert the white stripes in between the mini skein colors because I thought it would break up the colors and it did just that. I love how the stripes look. I didn’t count the rows for the mini skeins. I just worked them until I ran out of yarn after working a wrong side. The only ones I counted were the white rows and I did 4 rows total. I probably could have gotten away with 6, but the thin stripe is perfect!

When I finished the project, the fabric of it was a bit denser than I was expecting. Single ply yarn is generally very soft and so I guess I expected it to feel squishier or softer. It just felt a bit dense and tight. Blocking this project changed it tremendously. It’s now as soft as I was thinking it would be and lays so beautifully. The transormation was really something for this project. A lot of times blocking isn’t too noticeable, but in times like this one, it really does change the fabric.

Check out more and see it in person here:

On the WIP Side – 9.9.2020

It’s Wednesday and I’m here to chat all about my current works in progress. After finishing up 2 projects last week, I barely knit this week, but I did finish another project. Just a couple of newer projects to show you. As always, I hope you are still all staying safe, happy and sane. Thank you for reading my blog and I hope it brings you some joy during the work week. Definitely check out my YouTube channel to see any projects “in person.”

For Ravelry users: There are links throughout this post that link to Ravelry. If you are experiencing issues with the new Ravelry design, you may not want to click on those links. You can also see pictures on my instagram account, youtube channel or feel free to go to the contact form and send me a note if you have any questions.

Total: 4 WIPs (1 active)
Knitting:
2 projects -1 pair of socks and 1 blanket
Crochet: 
1 project – 1 blanket
Spinning:
1 project
Finished: 1 project
2020 Total Finished: 22

Fish are Friends Socks – DONE!
Pattern: Vanilla Socks
Yarn: Lazer Sheep Yarns / Lazer Sock / Fish are Friends not Food
Needles: Size 0 Needles
Gauge: IDK
Cast on: 7/18/2020
Cast off: 9/2/2020

Like I mentioned last week, once I finished a couple of projects, I pretty much just had these socks on the needles. Having one project to work on meant one thing, I finished them! I think me having the motivation to finish up these socks is another testament to why my cast on parties work. I was in no motivation to cast on my Spark Cardigan. I haven’t yet. I posted about it last week assuming I would have by Wednesday (I usually stay a couple of days ahead of YouTube/the blog), but I never did. Instead, I finished up these socks. More to come in an upcoming FO Friday post.

Spark Cardigan
Pattern: Spark / Andrea Mowry
Yarn: agirlandherwool / Worsted / Whisper (MC) and Cinnamon Spark set (CC)
Needles: TBD
Gauge: IDK
Cast on: 9/1/2020 (LIAR!)
Cast off goal: 10/15/2020

That’s interesting. Not only have I not cast this on yet, but I didn’t even realize I set a finish goal for it. I better get to it. In all seriousness, I’ve been wanting to film a vlog of swatching and casting it on, which has partially slowed me down. So more to come soon.

Gingerbread House Socks
Pattern: Vanilla Socks
Yarn: Gynx Yarns | Power Sock | Gingerbread House
Needles: Size 0 – Flexi Flips!
Gauge: IDK
Cast on: 9/5/2020
Cast off goal: none

Okay okay okay. I get it. All I do is knit socks and then talk about how I don’t want to knit socks. It really is quite ironic. If you asked me in person, I would say “nah, I’m really not in a sock knitting mood and haven’t been knitting socks all year.” It’s not until you start writing a blog that you realize how much of a liar you are. I’ve basically only knit socks AND I’ve yet to cast on that sweater that I supposedly cast on last week! Sheesh.

That being said, I’ve also said how nothing beats a pair of vanilla socks for a great grab and go project. Another testament to the cast on party – this sock was cast on during my last cast on party and here it is. I’m actually almost at the heel. I basically knit on this while dyeing and there ya go, almost half of a sock. No sweater. No swatch. Just a sock.

Other
1. Preemie hat – I’ve mostly finished a preemie hat, which I will include in a charity knitting recap coming soon!
2. Spinning – I’m almost done with my first braid, but I have not been spinning. I will do a longer post once that is finished.
3. Northeasterly – I have not worked on this as I need to pick out more colors. I’m really bad at working on projects if they are not ready to go.

Inactive
1. Neat Ripple – This is on hold until I finish up the charity items with the colors that I have used so far.

What’s Next?
The Spark cardigan will be my past, present and future for the time being (…. are you buying this yet?). We’ll be hitting #sweaterweather soon and that means so much fall knitting. If you haven’t already, check out the Pigskin Party hosted by BostonJen of the Down Cellar Studio podcast. It launches September 25th-ish and I’m a sponsor. During the launch weekend, I’ll be hosting a virtual kick off event (more details soon) but if you are looking for a fun way to connect with other knitters this fall and winter, you should definitely check it out!

Shop
The shop is feeling like fall. If you missed the latest video about shop news, go check it out. A lot of behind the scenes changes and so many new colors. Summer colors are still discounted at 25% off.

I launched a new Dye with Me Fade Series. You can participate on YouTube by checking out the series. I’ve already published the dyeing of the first two skeins, so go check it out! There will even be a fun giveaway at the end of the series.

All three skeins!


September mystery yarn clubs are now available
until September 15th. Grab them now! October clubs will be published on Etsy on October 15th and enter a discounted pre-order time frame. I’ll remind you next week.

Check out the shop here. There are some great kits for shawls and socks along with good pairings for sweaters. Let me know if you need help with some color selections.

Check out the last installment of the Dye with Me series. You still have a chance to enter to win the set!

Changing Things Up & Why it Helps our Creativity

Today I’m going to be writing a bit about something I’ve been both experiencing and thinking about over the past few weeks. The title kind of gives it away, but it starts with me lacking some motivation to craft. When I first started knitting and then for the past few years, I’ve done nothing but knit. Okay, slight exaggeration, let me refine that statement. Any free moment I had, I was knitting (#IfImSittingImKnitting). Can you relate?

On the beach, in the mountains, in line at the store. Doesn’t matter, I’m knitting.

I couldn’t control it! Any moment that I wasn’t knitting, I felt like I was wasting time. I hated sitting somewhere and not knitting. I couldn’t watch tv if I didn’t have my knitting. I realize this is partially crazy, so ya know, there’s that, but here the rest of this out. In recent months, a lot of that has changed. I can blame it on having my Etsy shop, which took away a lot of my free time, but you would think that would make this feeling stronger! Instead, I find myself okay with not knitting. I can go a day or two without knitting and not even care.

I’m probably in a good medium place now where I can enjoy my knitting when I have it and also enjoy time when I’m not knitting too. But I also can’t help but think that maybe I’m not as motivated to knit as I once was. So here’s what I decided to do. I changed it up.

I started spinning. Daily. I almost completed a braid that I have had on my wheel for years. Every day after work, I would spend 30 minutes or so listening to an audiobook and spinning. I loved it. I was back to my old self of spending my day thinking about when I would finally get to spin. Full crazy level achieved.

I started crocheting. I have to say, the addiction wasn’t completely there, but I certainly enjoyed a new craft. I crocheted up a scarf (check back on Friday!) fairly quickly. I was back to crafting whenever I could again.

Now that my habit of crafting is back, I sat and thought about what just happened. I worked on things that I used to put on the back burner because knitting was all I could think about. By changing my mindset and picking new crafts to focus on, I became creative again. I have my sock recipe, I know the shawl styles I like, I’ve knit sweaters. I wouldn’t say I’ve mastered knitting, but it was becoming monotonous. By changing up the craft, I changed up my mindset. It really made me feel creative again.

I don’t think I’ll ever stop knitting, but never say never. I think it’s just a good reminder that just because I’m not feeling it today, doesn’t mean I’m over it. Knitting will come back, dreaming of sweaters and drawers of socks will come back and if today that means doing something else, then I’m going to do something else. Creativity will come in more than one avenue and I’ll just follow whatever is fun today. This IS supposed to be fun after all.

FO Friday – Kentia Hat

I recently finished my Kentia Hat, just days after starting it. Gotta love a good quick knit to clear the palate.

The usual details first:
Pattern: Kentia Hat / Ambah O’Brien
Yarn: agirlandherwool / Silk DK / Majestic and Overnight Oats
Needles: Size 5 on a 16 inch cable
Cast on: 8/23/2020
Cast off: 8/29/2020
The pattern page on Ravelry can be found here.

I said it at the beginning, but I’ll say it again. It’s really nice to throw in a quick knit into the repertoire every once in a while. A hat certainly fits that bill as it’s smaller, usually knit with heavier yarn and it’s split into three sections – the brim, the body and the crown. I think this last point really helps me cruise through hats as each section really does go quickly.

I knit this hat because I recently released a new DK base, my Silk DK base, which is 50% Merino Wool and 50% Silk. I wanted to bring in some more variety to the shop and this base just sounded so luxurious. AND. IT. IS. This yarn is the softest I’ve ever felt, but it’s so sturdy that I don’t see it breaking down anytime soon. I knew I needed to start dyeing on the base and also knitting with it.

I decided on a hat because this yarn makes for really great hat yarn as it won’t be itchy on your forehead. For that reason, if you want to knit a cowl, definitely check it out. I decided to dye up a brand new colorway in honor of the new base and Majestic was born. Majestic is a blue-green base with various blues and a burgundy speckled on top of it. It pairs with Overnight Oats, of course.

I went to Ravelry and searched for a DK weight hat and came across the Kentia hat pretty quickly. I know that Ambah is hosting a Knit August (or was at this point) and I think that helped move the pattern up in the queue. I mean, a ton of her patterns are always at the top, of course, but as she was discounting a pattern each day, this one must have been a recent one when I went on my search.

The pattern is a slipped stitch/Mosaic pattern that makes for an easy way to accomplish a really complex looking hat. I love that the slipped stitches bulk up the hat even more and make it squishier. I worked on the brim and the chevron design pretty quickly and then put the project down while I finished up another project. I think I then knit the body and the crown in a sitting. It really went that quickly.

I went down a needle size from what the pattern called for and also knit the small. It’s a smug hat, which means it’s not going to slide around. The fit is perfect for me! Once I wear it around in the winter more, I’ll be able to see if it stretches out. Mostly, this was made to be a shop sample, but I know I’m going to want to wear it all of the time.

So again, if you’re looking to mix things up, definitely give this pattern a go. It was nice to do easy colorwork on a fast project.

Check out more and see it in person here:

On the WIP Side – 9.2.2020

It’s Wednesday and I’m here to chat all about my current works in progress. I finished quite a few projects and have an exciting new cast on. As always, I hope you are still all staying safe, happy and sane. Thank you for reading my blog and I hope it brings you some joy during the work week. Definitely check out my YouTube channel to see any projects “in person.”

For Ravelry users: There are links throughout this post that link to Ravelry. If you are experiencing issues with the new Ravelry design, you may not want to click on those links. You can also see pictures on my instagram account, youtube channel or feel free to go to the contact form and send me a note if you have any questions.

Total: 4 WIPs (1 active)
Knitting:
2 projects -1 pair of socks and 1 blanket
Crochet: 
1 project – 1 blanket
Spinning:
1 project
Finished: 2 projects
2020 Total Finished: 21

Rainbow Showers Wrap – DONE!
Pattern: Rainbow Showers / Dana Freed Fiddes
Yarn: Manos del Uruguay / Fino / Henrietta Mini Skein Set
Hook: Size E (3.5mm)
Gauge: IDK – I wouldn’t even know how to find out
Cast on: 8/3/2020
Cast off date: 8/29/2020

Done! My first crochet finished object. I’m really pretty proud of this one. It had a bit of a slow-ish start in that I had to restart it once, but considering I’ve never done much crochet, it turned out great! I was able to finish it this past weekend, along with the next project, which felt amazing. Look for an upcoming project highlight post soon.

Kentia Hat
Pattern: Kentia Hat / Ambah O’Brien
Yarn: agirlandherwool / Merino Silk base / MC: TBN blue and CC: Overnight Oats
Needles: Size 5
Gauge: I shouldn’t keep this here. I never check.
Cast on: 8/3/2020
Cast off goal: 8/30/2020

Another finished object. In one weekend. It was awesome. This was a really quick hat though. I think when I last checked in, I was past the design around the brim (or mostly) and so it was just a bit more before the decreases. The yarn is so shimmery and soft and the slipped stitch pattern adds some extra squishy-ness to it. Very scientific! This project will be highlighted on Friday.

Fish are Friends Socks
Pattern: Vanilla Socks
Yarn: Lazer Sheep Yarns / Lazer Sock / Fish are Friends not Food
Needles: Size 0 Needles
Gauge: IDK
Cast on: 7/18/2020
Cast off goal: 9/6/2020

Once I finished the other two projects, I was left with these vanilla socks. I have a new cast on (keep reading), but as that one was not set to go, it took me a long time to cast it on (more evidence at how much I love cast on parties). In the meantime, I was happy to have a cleansing vanilla socks project to work on. I finished up the other two projects just in time for a sit and stitch. My local yarn shop, A Knit Sheep, hosts a Sunday virtual sit and stitch and it had been AGES since I last attended. I committed to making it (mostly by talking about it in the day in the life vlog I was filming) and was so happy I did. While we chatted, I worked up about half of the leg of each sock. I’m knitting them two at a time, toe up, to put that into context.

Since then, as this is still my only real WIP (excluding scrap blankets), I’ve mostly finished it. I’m on the cuffs of the socks and then that’ll be it. I think I’m making the legs a bit shorter than I have been recently with socks, but back to the length I used to make them. They’ve been coming out longer than I’ve historically knit and I wanted to bring them back down a bit.

So, these will also be finished soon. 3 finished projects, that can only mean a cast on party is coming soon. I did cast on 1 project though…

Spark Cardigan – NEW!
Pattern: Spark / Andrea Mowry
Yarn: agirlandherwool / Worsted / Whisper (MC) and Cinnamon Spark set (CC)
Needles: TBD
Gauge: IDK
Cast on: 9/1/2020
Cast off goal: 10/15/2020

That’s right, setting a bold cast off date right there. I am knitting this cardigan out of my hand dyed yarn in fall colors and so I really want to have this done fairly quickly. As it’s all over colorwork (oy vey), I’m trying to give myself some time. If you keep up with these WIP posts, expect to see a lot of this. I guess I’ll hold off on the cast on party.

Anyway, as soon as I saw Andrea post this sweater on Instagram, I immediately started dreaming up kits. I even launched a new worsted weight base just so I can knit this pattern. That’s love at first sight right there. At this point, I’ve only swatched and done a bit of the sleeve (you start with the sleeve) and so there will be more exciting news ahead.

Other
1. Spinning – I’m almost done with my first braid. I will do a longer post once that is finished.
2. Northeasterly – I have not worked on this as I need to pick out more colors. I’m really bad at working on projects if they are not ready to go.

Inactive
1. Neat Ripple – This is on hold until I finish up the charity items with the colors that I have used so far.

What’s Next?
The Spark cardigan will be my past, present and future for the time being. We’ll be hitting #sweaterweather soon and that means so much fall knitting. If you haven’t already, check out the Pigskin Party hosted by BostonJen of the Down Cellar Studio podcast. It launches September 25th-ish and I’m a sponsor. During the launch weekend, I’ll be hosting a virtual kick off event (more details soon) but if you are looking for a fun way to connect with other knitters this fall and winter, you should definitely check it out!

Shop
The shop is feeling like fall. If you missed the latest video about shop news, go check it out. A lot of behind the scenes changes and so many new colors. Summer colors are still discounted at 25% off.

I launched a new Dye with Me Fade Series. You can participate on YouTube by checking out the series. I’ve already published the dyeing of the first two skeins, so go check it out! There will even be a fun giveaway at the end of the series.

1st two skeins in the Dye with Me series. Help decide what skein 3 should look like over on YouTube.


September mystery yarn clubs are now available
until September 15th.

Check out the shop here. There are some great kits for shawls and socks along with good pairings for sweaters. Let me know if you need help with some color selections.

Check out my recent behind the scenes/day in the life vlog to see what I was up to on Sunday!

#agahwFadeDyeALong Skein 2 – Thoughts of a Yarn Dyer

I’m currently dyeing up a fade kit over on my YouTube channel and I’ve been looking to the viewers to influence how the skein will be dyed next. I think it’s been pretty successful and last week, I posted the Skein #2 Dye with Me.

The event itself has certainly been a learning experience for me as a dyer. Yarn dyeing is certainly an art form and the way I see the skeins is certainly going to be different than how you might see it. The vision of the next skein may be so clear for both of us but if we said it out loud on the count of 3, what are the chances what we blurt out would match?

Whenever I sell a skein of yarn, I make sure that I like it personally. If I don’t like, why should I think a customer will? If I try to dye to the masses, I end up with less successful colorways than when I dye for me. I think we all have our own style and your best work is when you’re excited about what you’re doing. If I love a colorway, it’s going to show through in the yarn.

So try to match up that concept with asking viewers to tell you how to dye a skein! It’s been a challenge for me to dye up a skein that I want represented by my brand and also to make sure I’m not taking control of the process.

Now don’t get me wrong. I still dye what I think should be done, but would these skeins be what they are without you, the viewers? NO WAY! You are really are influencing this and I can’t wait to see how this fade ends in skein #3. I’ll be dyeing up the skein this weekend and I seriously could not tell you today what it will look like.

All that being said, skein #2 took me 3 tries to get it right. Yup! 3! I dyed up (and filmed) 3 skeins before uploading the dye with me. So what happened? In attempt #1, I dove in without much planning. I had the comments of the viewers in my mind, but I went with what I thought would work. It ended up not fitting in with what I imagined based on the comments or with skein #1. I have to say, I love how the skein turned out (hint hint Autumn Vibes hint hint), but it just didn’t fit in with this fade. You’ll have to wait and see why another day.

Autumn Vibes – available now!

In attempt #2, I had a better idea of what to do, but I took the comments too literally. I was trying to make too many people happy and the end result was not something I loved. Do you see what happened? Attempt #1 – too me. Attempt #2 – too everyone else. Attempt #3 – just right.

I plan to post a video at the end of the series with these missed attempts. In the meantime, check out how skein #2 turned out in this video here. The kits are still available in my shop at 10% off and Autumn Vibes is also available.